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|FRIDAY, JUNE 14 (subject to change)|
OPEN: BEST DADS BIT
|9:20: WORST DADS BIT|
9:33: TWINS/NBA FINALS
|9:55: JOHN SULLIVAN in studio|
|10:20: sully stays|
|10:33: sully stays/ESSENTIALS?|
|10:53: ROY SMALLEY FSN IN STUDIO|
|11:20: smalley stays|
|11:33: CHAD GREENWAY JOINS/cloz|
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We celebrate the 1983 Wayzata Club Hockey Team and one of its stars, Jonny "The Mouse" Mikkelson, who once told me "Our team was so good the varsity wouldn't play us." When asked why he didn't play varsity Mouse said, "Too little." Cutest ever. So, we salute the greatest Club Hockey Team ever, a squad so vaunted even Jim Craig's Miracle team wanted nothing to do with it. Trottier, Bossy, Gretzky, Messier ... dead! Long live the 1983 Wayzata Club Hockey team!
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NHL DRAFT B/B ...
Even though we are closer to the 4th of July than Memorial Day, the NHL is still extremely intriguing to hard-core hockey fans. The playoffs have been outstanding. The Cup final is shaping up to be a classic with two classic, old-school squads. Two of the best uniforms in hockey too. Once the Finals are over, the much-anticipated NHL draft is next. Well, it’s probably as anticipated as the new phone books arriving at your house in that plastic bag which 98% of people just toss it into the recycling bin, but I digress….
That leaves Halifax Moosehead Nathan MacKinnon going to the hockey hotbed Florida Panthers. Me and my hockey-playing buddies have gone to visit Halifax for the past 8 years. Through business and friendships with Moosehead owner Bobby Smith (yes, former North Star Bobby Smith), we go up to Halifax, play against Moose coaching staff, trainers, and yes owner. We get our butts kicked. Hitting many of the local watering holes, golf, boat rides, more watering holes and going to Moosehead games is included. The Mooseheads got to the QMJHL finals against Sid the Kid back in ’05. Then got really bad. Then, through multiple trades, this year Bobby Smith got the Mooseheads to win the “Q”, then the coveted (well, in Canada anyway) Memorial Cup. Nathan MacKinnon being the main reason (hat trick in final game.) Smith traded 3 first-rounders for MacKinnon. Worth every penny. Projected to go right after the Shattuck-St. Mary product MacKinnon will be Jonathan Druin. He will go to Tampa Bay. I have seen these guys play in person and they’ve been jaw-droppingly good. (yea, I even have a #22 MacKinnon Moosehead t-shirt…)
I would love to see Chuck Fletcher make a move to get the 2nd pick, but it would cost the farm. The Wild don’t have the farm. It won’t happen. So, long story longer, you have read it here first. Nathan MacKinnon will be the best player in the NHL in a few years. The thing that sucks is it will be for a team nobody cares about, the freaking Florida Panthers.
(I’m guessing this will be the only NHL draft-related material on this website. PA, if you were going to break this down too, I apologize…)
PERCY HARVIN was just put on injured reserve by Our Favorite Football Team and obviously will not play the rest of the season. There are many from fans to media members wondering (a) what's the true story behind this and (b) will he ever play for the Vikings again and (c) does he hate the QB situation so much he no longer wants to play here?
My stock answer at this stage of the equation is I hope Percy Harvin finishes his career here and is the stud receiver for the Vikings he has been pretty much every step from his R.O.Y. season through his multi-faceted approach to the awful 3-and-13 year to the league-leading status he provided before inurying his ankle at Seattle.
Given Percy at times has been mercurial, had the skip mini-camp meltdown and was seen on TV screeming at HC LESLIE FRAZIER on the Seattle sidelines I totally understand why those would wonder what his future here looks like.
That cannot be pondered at this moment because the game against the Bears Sunday is the newest, for-all-the-Tostitos game for the Minnesota Vikings. The loss at Green Bay very much was a blown opportunity, and from 6-and-6 in the rock-solid NFC winning this game is a must to make the postseason. I generally do not deal in all-or-nothing statements or absolutes, but a loss Sunday mashes on dreams and playoff hopes.
Fans were not totally invested emotionally in this team when we hit 'FANkato in August off the 3-and-13, and I wasn't mad at the detractors. I, however, told them they were wrong and that we would be 7-and-3 after 10 games and would sweep the Lions. We missed those calls by an inch, and now the thing potentially has gone pear-shaped. Fans feel burned because the team started 4-and-1 and beat San Francisco, the last team to win at Lambeau and a legit SB contender. Fans shed the front, broke down the walls and said, "I love you!"
They feel jilted with the way things have gone, and I hear the passion daily on the radio and read the Tweets and emails from people, while mean-spirited, genuinely love the team and want it to win. Few truly want the players/coaches to fail, they just are tired of losing on the road, not passing better and with other negative facets of the current state of the team.
Get over it if only for a week and appreciate the wonderment that is ADRIAN off the ACL having one of the most miraculous seasons in NFL lore. Getting back on track long-term I hope includes Percy Harvin because he's elite at what he does, and that includes the kick-return game. If he's hard to handle off the field figure it out because he's too good for fans to guess and wonder what his future entails. He was drafted by the Vikings, raised by the Vikings, a big-time player for the Vikings and I very much hope to call his games here next year.